By Seth Eggert, NASCAR Correspondent
Sponsorship woes force Josh Williams to a third DGM Racing car at Richmond Raceway. He will pilot the No. 92 Chevrolet Camaro SS for the ToyotaCare 250.
All Sports Coffee, which was to sponsor the No. 36 Chevrolet Camaro SS defaulted on it their sponsorship agreement with DGM Racing. The team pulled the sponsor logos off of the Chevrolet prior to the Las Vegas Motor Speedway event.
Executives from JoeFroyo, All Sport Coffee’s partner attended the Las Vegas race, forcing DGM to run with the company’s logos. post-race, the company terminated their agreement with the team.
The NASCAR Xfinity Series competitor, who is in his first full season, has driven the previous seven events in the teams’ flagship No. 36. 2019 has marked a career-best start for Williams. The 25-year-old earned his best finish to date, 14th, at Texas Motor Speedway. Williams has doubled his career lead lap finishes in the Xfinity Series in 2019.
“First off, I want to say that I’m extremely grateful for Mario Gosselin’s willingness to step up and support me in a situation like this,” Williams explained. “It’s not easy and for him to put a third car on the track for us is obviously a big statement and one we’re appreciative of.
“We do understand that business is business and things can happen. For a larger-scale team they can just plug another partner in, but for a smaller team like us, this type of default can be crippling to our season.”
The Port Charlotte, FL native has also improved his average start by eight positions to 22.9, and average finish by almost five positions to 22.0 in 2019. Williams’ only DNFs this season have been the result of mechanical failures.
“Josh has had a very strong start to the year with DGM Racing and we’re very pleased with the job he’s done for us in these first seven races,” Gosselin said. “He’s achieved many of the goals we set out to hit as a team at this juncture and we wanted to give him every opportunity we could to continue forward this weekend and maintain the foundation he has built in points.
“We look forward to having Josh on track in the No. 92 Chevrolet on Friday night at Richmond.”
Richmond will mark the first event of 2019 in which the Mario Gosselin-owned operation will field three Chevrolets. Joining Williams will be Donald Theetge, who will be in the flagship No. 36, and Dillon Bassett who will make his Xfinity Series debut in the No. 90.
Williams is currently tied for 19th in the championship points standings with part-time competitor Jeffrey Earnhardt. He is 216-points behind points leader Tyler Reddick. In the playoff picture, Williams is 104-points behind the cutoff, currently held by Justin Haley.
Williams was optimistic heading into his first race at Richmond Raceway.
“The fact that we have a chance to keep our momentum going this weekend at Richmond, a place I enjoy but have never had the opportunity to race at before, is a big deal and I’m looking forward to it.”